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Circular economy consultation announced

Consultation on the European Commission’s revised circular economy (CE) proposals will kick off tomorrow and run to 20 August, with Defra leading on the UK response.

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Colin Church, director for resource and waste at Defra, left, announced the development on Twitter: “EU Commission consultation on revised CE package due out tomorrow (28 May).”

The development prompted Steve Lee, chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, to reply: “Excellent. Will there be a clear programme for preparation of the package from the EU?”

A Defra spokesperson confirmed to MRW that the Commission announced at European Parliament that its consultation will launch on 28 May and run until 20 August.

Last week, Aurore Maillet, a member of environment minister Karmenu Vella’s cabinet, announced that a three-month onlinepublic consultation would be launched “in a few days”.

Maillet said the new package would be in two parts with the first focusing on waste and recycling targets and the second an “action plan” for other parts of the circular economy.

Vella had previously announced that a consultation would be opened before the stakeholder meeting on 25 June in Brussels.

The finalised package is expected to be released in Autumn this year.

The original package was dropped last December and included recycling targets of 70% for municipal waste and 80% for packaging by 2030.


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